A special delivery: The 65th Ozark Folk Festival

October 29th, 2012 at 11:51 am

Ronny Cox

Happy 65th birthday to the Ozark Folk Festival, which begins tonight (Oct. 29) in Eureka Springs.

The 65th festival will be a celebration of a movie turning 40 years old. That’s when the movie “Deliverance” debuted, and one of that movie’s actors, Ronny Cox (who played Drew in the film) will headline the festival.

Cox will make two appearances at the festival, first on Thursday (Nov. 1) at the Carnegie Library Annex, where the movie will be screened.

Next will come Saturday (Nov. 3) when he will join his band and longtime friend (and West Fork resident) Jack Williams at The Auditorium for a night of folk songs. Cox, in addition to his successful acting career, has also recorded several albums.

He talked to me recently about the film, how it launched his career and why he’s also considered himself a musician above an actor. Read the story now, if you are a subscriber to the Northwest Arkansas Media newspapers or the company’s digital product.

The festival also features performances by Trout Fishing in America (on Nov. 2), The Carper Family (on Oct. 31) and more.

Tickets range from $10-$30, depending on the event.